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Oversharing on Social Media

What do you want to share?

I have complained– in this space and others– about how I hate getting old. But there was an article in the New York Times this week about the new relationship rules regarding social media, that made me glad I’m a geezer.

Most of my friends and family are baffled by Twitter and have never heard of Pinterest so I’m not too worried about my birthday party locations or paint colors being outed in public.  Frankly, I wish I had more to hide.

While many of my contemporaries do post on Facebook, it’s all still new so there is a sense of decorum and respect in their timelines that apparently is not always the case with the younger generation.

Those crazy kids today are Tweeting about how their dates are going from the bathroom of the bar. They’re on their blogs lamenting about their stilted sex  lives or posting photos of romantic vacations without asking permission.

According to the article, some couples recommend ground rule discussions on the first date about what parts of their relationship will be fair to post to their entire contact lists.

Some plugged-in peops are having arguments over social media for sport. I’ve seen celebrities like Jason Jones and Samantha Bee from “The Daily Show”  write passive-aggressive Tweets about each other, presumably from the same couch.

Remember talking? Long phone conversations that ended with  “You hang up. No, you hang up!”

Now there’s no need to call in the first place if you can flirt, fight, and break up all on your smart phone, and await commentary from the online peanut gallery.

I guess I’m lucky that Wilson has no interest in social media. He used Facebook just a few times to spy on old high school acquaintances and although I made him get on Twitter to follow me (@carpoolcandy)  he has no idea how it works.  12-year-old Jacob is desperate to get on Facebook but I see no reason for another distraction that seems to have no benefits for a kid. He’s already on Skype and Apple Facetime and texts until his fingers are numb.

But I know he’ll be on the social media bandwagon soon enough and I’ll have to come up with my own ground rules for appropriate usage.  Maybe then when I want Jacob to clean his room, I’ll  take a photo of the heaping piles and post it on Facebook to shame him into doing the job. Ah, the wonders of technology.

Read the Times article here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/26/fashion/for-couples-new-source-of-online-friction.html

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My Top 7 to Follow on Twitter

Curious about Twitter but need to know who to follow? Let me help.

Twitter turned 6 years old last week. Hard to believe it’s been around that long—it wasn’t on my radar until about a year and a half ago. Now I can’t stop. It’s my guilty pleasure and sometimes my enemy.

I started out slow, intimidated by how to use it. Hashtags and retweets were confusing. I was so green about the blue bird. But it’s not brain surgery, kids. Now I’m versed in its wonder and addicted to the camaraderie it offers. It’s probably the former news producer in me, but I find cruising Twitter extremely satisfying.

I’ve tried to lure in my techno-phobic family and friends by explaining it’s like a worldwide water cooler. You go to Twitter to be part of the conversation.

Sounds like Facebook you say? Yes, it’s a similar social media model. But it’s more interesting when I’m in control of content.  Whom I follow is my choice and I can unfollow in a heartbeat, with no hard feelings.

It’s difficult to say no to friending on Facebook, even if I don’t have the slightest interest in my former colleague’s trip to Vegas or kid haircut photos from a high school acquaintance.

On Twitter I can stalk celebrities safely, much like reading the star sightings in gossip mags—but live. I can read what Courteney Cox is doing in NYC and what Arianna Huffington thought of the State of the Union address, in real-time. I turn to Twitter when news events happen— like an earthquake, political debate, Whitney Houston’s death, or award shows– to see what people are talking about.

Tweets can only be 140 characters so there’s a creative challenge to say a lot in few words. You waste less time reading through long posts and comments. I can stroll through my Twitter feed while on line at the grocery store.

Many of you naysayers will claim you don’t need another time suck. I agree. It’s tragic how many hours I’ve lost going through the “follow” lists of people I follow. It’s not efficient or productive, but it’s fun.

If you haven’t already, give it a whirl. It takes two secs to sign up and I’ll give you a few Twitter favorites to follow:

@crushabledotcom (entertainment scoop with some edge)

@AliEWentworth (funny bits from a regular mom in a famous life)

@chucktodd (NBC Newsguy Tweets intelligently abt politics and sports)

@ryanseacrest (Tweets during Idol commercials, has insider music info)

@DannyZuker (“Modern Family” writer, hilarious and often offensive)

@iamsambee (“Daily Show’s” Samantha Bee owns mommy sarcasm)

@sethmeyers21 (“SNL” head writer makes many funnies in few words)

Who do you follow on Twitter? Tell me in the comments and don’t forget to follow me @carpoolcandy!